"to educate Montanans about the fundamentals of business operations, business needs and responsibilities and contributions of business to society."
The Foundation promotes and improves the economic development opportunities of the state and its communities by participating in educational projects and research. Through the Foundation, we work on economic education, economic development, and community viability.
The Montana Chamber Foundation is a private, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization run by a 15-member Board of Directors. The major projects of the Foundation are the annual Montana Chamber & Governors’ Cup golf tournament, the Montana High School Business Challenge (formerly Montana Business Week), the annual Midyear Update to the Economic Outlook, and the Montana Healthcare Forum. Other projects that fit within the mission of the Foundation may be supported as well.
The Montana High School Business Challenge is designed to bring economics and business education to Montana high schools.
The annual Montana Chamber and Governors’ Cup golf tournament brings top executives to Montana for a taste of what Montana can offer a business.
The annual Economic Updates provides the latest information on Montana's economy in several locations around Montana each summer. The Foundation has also sponsored development of Economics education modules for teachers in the classroom to meet certification guidelines. These efforts are conducted under the auspices of "Montana University", a subsidiary of the Montana Chamber Foundation.
The Montana Healthcare Forum provides a mechanism for discussing healthcare issues. An annual conference is also held in conjunction with that.
Our permanent endowment is in place to ensure the goals of the Foundation are continued long into the future. Our permanent endowment will benefit from contributions from businesses that are interested in the Montana endowment tax credit. This is a very favorable benefit to businesses and helps the Montana Chamber Foundation secure its future viability.
The Montana Chamber Foundation created the Kelly Kuntz Memorial Scholarship Fund in memory of our former Board member. Please click here for more info.
The Montana Chamber Foundation also created the Paul Maxwell Memorial Fund to recognize his service to Montana. Please click here for details. Maxwell funds have been used to provide scholarships to students in the Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy program. Click here for a story from the July 2015 "Montana and the Sky" publication of the Aeronautics Division of the Montana Department of Transportation about that program.
The Montana Chamber Foundation is pleased to support the Family Business Program
at Montana State University - Bozeman and the "Family Business On The Road" series.
For more information about the Montana Chamber Foundation, please contact Webb Brown, Executive Director, at 888-442-MONT (6668) ext. 101 or Webb(at)MontanaChamber.com.